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TV presenter Nick Owen honoured
Anne Diamond and Nick Owen
Anne Diamond and Nick Owen presented together in Birmingham
BBC Midlands Today presenter Nick Owen has received a prestigious award for his services to television.

Owen, who has hosted the regional news programme for nine years, has been given the Royal Television Society's Baird Medal for lifelong achievement.

He has also worked for ATV, Central, ITV Sport, TV-am and on the BBC's Good Morning with Anne and Nick.

Anne Diamond, his former co-presenter on the BBC morning show and TV-am, presented the award.

World Cup

Owen told the audience at the Midlands ceremony in Birmingham that he was "absolutely overwhelmed".

He added: "I've never won anything in my life before, apart from the fathers' egg and spoon race at my kids' school about 10 years ago - and then I failed the dope test!"

The presenter started his career in newspapers, before moving to BBC Radio Birmingham, which is now known as BBC WM, ATV and Central.

In 1983 he became a main presenter on TV-am within weeks of the commercial TV breakfast programme starting, and his later experience with ITV Sport included hosting Olympic and World Cup coverage.

There were 600 Good Morning with Anne and Nick programmes between 1992 and 1996 at the BBC's former Birmingham studios, Pebble Mill.

See Nick accepting the award

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